In the village of Furnace, 15 min walk from Ynyshir is an 18th century blast furnace – once used for smelting iron ore. The Einion river which cascades down a waterfall used to provide the energy to rotate the recently restored waterwheel. Perfect for a beautiful photo opportunity!
Originally the ancient capital of Wales, Machynlleth is a thriving market town six miles from Ynyshir and immediately recognisable by its Victorian-era clock tower at its heart.
There are a variety of small shops to discover as well as numerous cafes and pubs. The Wednesday Market along main thoroughfare of Machynlleth is a tradition that dates back to the 1200s -selling everything from vegetables, meat and fish to homemade jams, Welsh cheese, clothing and trinkets. Notable places of interest include the Museum of Modern Art Wales, the Owain Glyndwr Centre and the Tabernacle, a renowned performing arts centre and host to the annual Machynlleth Festival in August. Machynlleth is the start of the Cambrian Coast Railway – an incredibly scenic journey on modern carriages that winds its way northward hugging the coastline through the Snowdonia National Park and terminating in Pwllheli on the Llyn peninsula.
Nestled amongst the towering hills of the Snowdonia park, Corris is a beautiful former slate mining town. The Corris Craft Centre showcases locally made confectionary, jewellery, glassware, furniture, pottery and gifts. The Dyfi Distillery creates artisanal gin and liqueurs including Pollination Gin which is available at Ynyshir. King Arthur’s Labyrinth is an underground attraction that explores the caverns and tunnels of a former slate mine while learning about the ancient legends of the area – this attraction is particularly enjoyable for younger visitors. More adventurous folk will enjoy Corris Mine Explorers – an underground discovery of the abandoned Braich Goch slate mine by experienced guides. Helmets and cap lamps are required for these tours! Railway aficionados will enjoy Corris Railway – a narrow gauge steam railway.
On the Cambrian coast lies the Victorian era town of Aberystwyth. The main arterial road from the north descends into the town with breath taking views of Cardigan Bay. Stroll along nearly two kilometres of promenade along the seafront and head to Aberystwyth Castle ruins, constructed in 1289 or Constitution Hill at the northern end of the seafront. Ride aboard the cliff top railway to take in panoramic views of Aberystwyth through a replica Victorian-era Camera Obscura. Visit the Ceredigion Museum to discover life from the prehistoric to recent history as well as viewing the latest exhibition. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is popular destination for locals and tourists alike featuring a comedy and drama performances in the theatre and Great Hall, cinema, art workshops and exhibition galleries. The National Library of Wales stores vast amounts of books, maps, photographs, rare Welsh manuscripts amongst other artefacts and hosts various exhibitions revealing insights into Welsh history and culture.
Aberdovey & Tal Y Llyn Lake
Across the Dyfi Estuary, in the Snowdonia National Park is the upscale harbour town of Aberdovey. Featuring a colourful seafront and sandy beaches, it is well known spot for a variety of watersporting activities, yachting and sailing. An 18-hole championship golf course resides behind the dunes at the beach. Driving northwards and further inland is the scenic Tal Y Llyn Lake – nestled amongst the mountains. Talyllyn Railway is a narrow steam gauge railway that runs between Tywyn on the coast to Abergynolwyn further inland.
Rheidol Valley & Devil’s Bridge
Twelve miles from Aberystwyth lies the beautiful Rheidol Valley. Travel along the Rheidol Steam Railway from Aberystwyth to the ancient Devil’s Bridge where there are numerous waterfall, three ancient bridges and a 45 minute nature trail.